Humid Hide Boxes

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We've been talking about humid hide boxes a lot lately, so I thought I'd post a couple of pics. The big one with the red lid was Daisy's until she outgrew the door, now she's got one with a bigger door. The small one is what I used for my hatchling Blackthroated Monitors, until they outgrew it, but it would work well for hatchling turtles or tortoises too. For substrate I usually use fine coco fiber, but any of the normal ones will do. Notice on Daisy's box the door is elevated a bit. I usually uncover the floor of the enclosure and put the hide box flat on the floor. Then when I push the substrate back up against it, the substrate outside is more or less level with the substrate inside the box. If the box is big enough, I make a little hill just inside the door, so they feel a little more hidden and secure once they are in.

In the other pic you can see how I sometimes partially bury them to hide the ugly plastic a little. This one is full of monitor lizards. You can see their tails a little.

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That's pretty cool. both ideas. The root version would be cool for my smaller outdoor torts and boxies. Not so much for a bigger sullies :)
 

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I like the idea of covering the hide boxes with plants, I am going to do that this summer, but probably will get some ready ground cover flats from home depot instead of waiting weeks to grow them :) , thanks for sharing the information.
I never heard of Radiata magazine, I will check it out, what other magazines have good information about tortoises?

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Yvonne, Do you have a link to the web site for the radiata magazine? I googled it, but it seems it's a German magazine? and couldn't find a web site to subscribe or get more information.
Have you heard also of Testudo magazine? it's British..
it seems that Europeans are more serious about their hobby than we are.
 

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How do you keep the humidity levels up? Currently I have a shoebox cut out a hole for them to get in and out, that I have moist substrate in it and I spray it twice a day. SHould I put it under substrate like you have it? How do you keep it moist? Thanks!
 

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terryo said:
That one worked. Neat idea. Do you think this offers more humidity than a lidded shoe box filled with soil, cypress or coco fiber? I make the substrate pretty deep in mine. They tend to dig in pretty well.

This has given me a few ideas. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Does my CA Desert Tort need one of these? I live in Phx. AZ. Thanks!
 

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Certainly wouldn't hurt. There is debate about whether older torts need it. Iv'e been told if you can get a sulcata to 4-6" smooth, they shell will continue that way regardless of what you do after that. For a CDT I'd guess it would be a little smaller than that. I don't know how true this is, as I haven't tested the theory for myself yet.

I can tell you, once they start to pyramid, I have been unable to stop it.
 

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What should I put inside and how should I keep it moist?? Thanks a bunch!
 

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Ok so I replaced a wooden hut with this humid hide....I hope I did it right! Any advice would be great. Also, how long until it warms up in there?

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RascalDesertTort said:
What should I put inside

Start with a tort :)

RascalDesertTort said:
Ok so I replaced a wooden hut with this humid hide....I hope I did it right! Any advice would be great. Also, how long until it warms up in there?

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Looks nice. I like the keep the substrate deeper in there though. Otherwise it will dry out too fast. Ideally you'll have 4-6 inches of diggable substrate. It will hold the moisture for a long time and they can dig down and find it, even if you happen to forget to check on it for a few days...

I also like to say you should have a warm\humid hide and a cool non-humid hide.

So with yours, i'd put a che above or very close to it. This will make your tort more likely to use it as well. Humdity is a combo of temps and moisture.
 
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